Category Archives: Motorcycles

Clutch issues behind 22K Harley recall

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is recalling more than 22,000 motorcycles due to issues with their clutch. In one recall, 19,597 certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE motorcycles because the clutch master cylinder may allow air … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety training Oct. 12

The Scotts Valley Police Department’s “Motorcycle Safety Training Course Safety and Survival Skills For the Civilian Rider” is coming down the pike Oct. 12 at Scotts Valley High Campus, 555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., … Continue reading

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$87 million in federal grants to improve safety in Golden State

As it readies to become the state’s new Transportation Agency July 1, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency has approved $87 million in federally funded traffic safety grants administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Some 274 projects statewide … Continue reading

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SCPD funeral procession video goes viral

Among the many videos on YouTube that memorialize last Thursday’s funeral procession for Santa Cruz Police detectives Loran “Butch” Baker and Elizabeth Butler, who were killed in the line of duty two weeks ago, one is going viral. While the … Continue reading

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Lane-splitting guidelines aim to educate motorists, riders

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your column! A recent article reported that the State has new ‘guidelines’ for motorcycles regarding lane splitting. However, it would seem that, as guidelines, there still is no law that controls what motorcyclists may … Continue reading

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Zero, Ford issue recalls

Zero Motorcycles and Ford are recalling vehicles due to safety concerns. Read on: ZERO Zero Motorcycles, Inc. is recalling 254 model year 2012 S, DS, X, XU and XU-LSM motorcycles because they could short circuit. Insufficient weatherproofing may cause a … Continue reading

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Street Smarts not quite so fair, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona–you were doing well with this article (“Us vs. them,” Monday, June 25) until you laid all the blame on motorists: ‘Even if it is perceived that “the other guy” is being inconsiderate, try to be … Continue reading

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Toyota recalls 700K vehicles; Chrysler, Kawasaki issue recalls, too

Toyota recalls nearly 700,000 vehicles due to safety concerns. Meanwhile, Chrysler and Kawasaki issue recalls of their own. Read on: Manufacturer: Toyota Vehicle model(s): 2005-09 Tacoma vehicles made from Sept. 14, 2004 through Aug. 29, 2008. Number of units recalled: … Continue reading

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Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network workshops this week

Have an interest in the path(s) the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network is going to take as it snakes through Santa Cruz County? The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission this week is hosting public workshops around the county … Continue reading

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Triggering the green light 101

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Every time me and my buddy, TrugDog, come to a stop light, he bugs me to ‘move up a little bit’ to ‘activate the sensor,’ as if there is some hidden sensor to activate the green … Continue reading

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